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Foreign labour shortages in construction sector is a wake-up call for change

For a long time, Singapore’s strategy of augmenting its workforce with a large pool of low-skilled foreign labour had served it well. It made economic sense: Focus on what we are good at, build a high-skilled educated workforce,…

Man falls 40m to his death at Tuas warehouse construction site

A man was found dead at the building site of an upcoming warehouse on Thurs after falling some 40m, the equivalent of 14 floors of a housing block. The 25-year-old Bangladeshi was working on the building of a…

Construction sector reminded of entry requirements at worksites

We thank Mr Lu Qimin for his letter and the opportunity to clarify the TraceTogether (TT) requirements for construction sites (Couldn’t use TraceTogether app to check in at project site, June 4). TraceTogether-only SafeEntry was implemented nationwide on…

Pulau Ubin’s defunct Celestial Resort demolished to make way for environmental research lab

A Pulau Ubin accommodation that has been closed for years is being demolished to make way for an environmental research lab. The Ubin Living Lab, which opened in 2016, is an integrated facility for field studies, environmental education,…

OBS to ‘carefully plan’ construction of new Coney Island campus to minimise environmental impact

Construction work for a new OBS campus on Coney Island will be “carefully planned” to “minimise adverse impact” to the island’s flora and fauna, said OBS on Tues. “In line with our Environmental Monitoring and Mgmt Plan (EMMP)…

Developers, contractors battle labour crunch, supply shortage to meet deadlines

As Singapore’s construction industry grapples with a shortage of foreign workers, amid other headaches, further disruption to project timelines cannot be ruled out, construction firms said. Already, some construction companies allege their workers have been poached by other…

Lian Beng aims to stay conservative as pandemic hits construction sector

Construction company Lian Beng Group has been in business for close to 50 years, and has weathered several storms – including the Asian financial crisis, the Sars epidemic and the Lehman Brothers collapse. But chairman and MD Ong…

Demand for residential property rises amid dwindling supply

The Singapore residential property market is currently like a pot of steel on a fire that is “boiling over”, describes Nicholas Mak, head of research and consultancy at ERA. “That fire is fuelled by economic growth, household income,…

Couldn’t use TraceTogether app to check in at project site

I refer to the article “26 builders ordered to stop work for not ensuring SafeEntry check-in” (June 2), and would like to seek clarity on the TraceTogether device required for entry to construction sites. Recently, some of my…

Raising land supply may aggravate housing issues

Adjusting the ABSD remission deadline on GLS sites and allowing a change of use for hospitality properties may help reduce pressure on housing developers in the short run, amid the construction industry’s labour shortage. Those were the suggestions…

Fatal lorry crashes: Human lives, dignity cannot be measured in dollars and cents

In the recent debate about transporting migrant workers on the back of lorries, a frequent comment raised is that the alternative of safer transport would incur greater costs for construction companies and thus indirectly pass on these costs…

Wee Hur wins $176.7 million contract from HDB

Wee Hur Holdings has won a $176.7 million contract from HDB for construction works at the upcoming Bidadari estate. Construction work will start this month and is expected to last 44 months. This contract is not seen to…

COVID-19: 26 builders ordered to stop work for failing to perform SafeEntry check-in

More than 65 builders have been found to have flouted COVID-19 safe mgmt measures since the start of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) on May 16, BCA said on Wed. Among these builders, 26 had allowed workers or visitors…

CGS-CIMB remains positive on Boustead Singapore for its geospatial division, attractive valuation

CGS-CIMB Research analyst Ong Khang Chuen has kept “add” on Boustead Singapore following the group’s record performance for the FY2021 ended Mar. The group’s net profit of $113.1 million stood slightly below Ong’s expectations at 96% of his…

Covid-19: Construction workers not living in dorms to self-swab under new pilot

Unvaccinated construction workers who are not living in dormitories will soon have to swab themselves or each other once every three days as an added measure to keep the risk of Covid-19 transmission at worksites in check. This…

Civil engineering contractor fined for damaging water main; causing loss of 1.8 million litres of water

A civil engg company has been fined S$41,500 for damaging a potable water main, which caused 1.8 million litres of water to be lost, said PUB on Tues. Tong Shing Contractors was also penalised for carrying out works…

Reintroduce trade schools to boost supply of local workers

In an article, it was mentioned that “buyers may have to wait more than five years for some of them to be completed, because of the foreign construction worker supply crunch”. Be it Covid-19 or other future calamities…

Is there an environmental cost from Singapore’s love affair with en bloc sales?

Since the 1990s, a few en bloc cycles have come and gone, with the most recent lasting from 2017 to 2018, before cooling measures put the brakes on. Analysts expected the trend to bud again this year, as…

Manpower crunch in the construction sector: What’s the situation so far

Over the past few months, we’ve heard a lot about construction delays due to Covid-19. For instance, in early Apr, MND updated that 85% of 89 ongoing BTO projects would be delayed for up to nine months. But…

HDB launches nearly 3,900 BTO flats; ongoing projects could face further delays amid COVID-19 border measures

HDB on Tues launched 3,879 BTO flats across four projects in Bukit Merah, Geylang, Tengah and Woodlands. It also said that ongoing BTO projects could be further delayed due to tightened COVID-19 border measures affecting the construction sector.…

Home buyers sad, disappointed over longer BTO delays due to Covid-19

HDB said last month that about 85 per cent of the 89 ongoing BTO projects were behind schedule, although the agency is taking steps to expedite construction. That means about 43,000 households will get the keys to their…

S’pore’s construction blues: Manpower shortage exacerbated by bar on South Asian workers

A small army of about 380 construction workers should be hammering away as the luxury condominium Meyer House nears completion, but the shortfall in foreign labour has left the site with just 230 men on the job. Shortages…

JTC and Glodon sign memorandum of understanding to improve cost management for construction projects

JTC and Glodon, a digital building platforms and services provider, have signed a MOU to drive collaboration and develop a cost mgmt system for construction projects. On Thurs, JTC and Glodon said the system will aim to integrate…

Use rapid testing, swabbing and disciplined segregation to let foreign workers in safely

Barring foreign workers for prolonged periods has a serious impact on both our economy and way of life. Can we import foreign workers in tightly regulated bubbles, carefully applying current technology and present methods? For example, foreign workers…

Any cancelling of BTO flat purchase must come with penalty

Mr Lim Chong Leong suggests that HDB allow successful BTO flat applicants who are affected by construction delays to opt for resale flats without forfeiting their deposit (Let those affected by BTO delay buy resale flats without penalty,…

Let those affected by BTO delay buy resale flats without penalty

Successful BTO flat applicants face further delays in moving into their new units because of the pandemic. The completion of new flats has been delayed in about 85 per cent of current BTO projects, affecting around 43,000 households.…

All visitors to construction sites must undergo routine Covid-19 testing: BCA

All visitors to construction sites in Singapore – including delivery personnel, government inspectors, and representatives from developers and consultants – must now undergo routine Covid-19 testing before they will be allowed entry, said BCA on Tues. These individuals…

Daewoo director, project manager in MRT construction project jailed for bribing former LTA director

Two Daewoo Engg and Construction executives, who gave bribes to a LTA deputy group director while working on their company’s first project in Singapore, were jailed for eight months on Tues. Kim Young-Gyu, a 52-year-old director, and Ro…

Firms, families would be severely affected by shortfall of 130,000 migrant workers if borders closed post-circuit breaker: MOM

Businesses and families would have been “severely affected” by a shortfall of 130,000 migrant workers including cleaners, construction workers and domestic helpers, if Singapore closed its borders after last year’s circuit breaker, said MOM on Tues. There would…

More breaches of safety, health rules at workplaces in S’pore

More than 3,200 WSH contraventions were found during inspections between January and April, almost double the 1,800 contraventions recorded the same period last year. MOM said the rise is due partly to more enforcement operations this year. Some…

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